Former Real Housewives of Cheshire star Christine McGuinness has revealed she had a “heartbreaking” conversation about putting a clamp in her young son Leo’s stomach as the autistic tot became “severely underweight” due to constant vomiting.
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Christine McGuinness has revealed that her young son Leo, who has autism, was “severely underweight” due to his food sensitivities.
Christine, 34, and TV presenter Paddy, 48, share three children, twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and Felicity, six, who have each been diagnosed with autism, and the couple are open about the ups and downs they’ve experienced a family.
Speak with online mail, The model showed Leo becoming underweight from regularly vomiting food.
She explained how all of her children are hypersensitive when it comes to food, including the taste, smell and texture of it.
“We’ve had vomit after vomit for years. It felt like we were feeding them and then we would cleanse it to the point where Leo was seriously underweight and it was affecting his health.”
She added: “He wasn’t getting the right vitamins and we talked about putting in a brace [the stomach]and just having that conversation at the time – I remember it was heartbreaking.
“And we didn’t have to go that route, and even now they’re still eating very limited, but they’re eating enough, and he’s got vitamins and milkshakes to help him get everything he needs.”
Christine – who shared her own autism diagnosis last year – revealed in March that she hasn’t been able to relax on holiday since her children were born because she worries too much about them.
The couple is only traveling with them for a short time, as Christine recently said: “We started with a little holiday in Preston and then gradually moved to Spain.”
Christine added: “I want to get to the point where you relax and enjoy it. I don’t think I did that. I was tense.”
On their Table Talk podcast — in collaboration with McCain and Family Fund — the couple advised other parents who want to vacation with disabled children to do so “gradually.”
Paddy shared more advice: “Overpack, just in case. It’s just worth it for your own peace of mind.”
The couple took part in their own BBC documentary entitled Our Family and Autism a few months ago. It shed light on the condition and was praised by viewers.
As part of the program, Paddy and Christine met other parents, professionals and people on the autism spectrum. They have since started their own podcast, Table Talk.
In recent episodes they have discussed their lives with autistic children, including mentioning the difficulty of getting their children to breakfast before their diagnosis.
Paddy admitted he was worried about being seen as a “bad parent” because of it, and worried what her teachers would think when they found out the kids weren’t eating breakfast.
He revealed the couple has to cut food a certain way to encourage kids to eat, with their kids reportedly craving chicken nuggets, among other things.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/christine-mcguinness-says-autistic-son-26724200 Christine McGuinness says autistic son was 'seriously underweight' due to food intolerance